Hospitality, the Brooklyn trio of singer and guitarist Amber Papini, bassist Brian Betancourt, and drummer Nathan Michel had that sort of typical indie-based debut in 2012 with their self-titled record. Hospitality the album is a little record that pleases and charms, filled with witty zigging lyrics and catchy guitar licks and riffs. It’s a record that is content to be what it was meant to be – a nice little introduction to a charming Brooklyn band.
Well, Hospitality is back and they are aiming for bigger things. Trouble, the band’s follow-up record is more muscular and granular – like the band is finally figuring out its depths and is finally stretching out. The songs within Trouble maintain the charms that Hospitality had in spades back in its debut, but they supplement them with tighter guitars and beats. It’s a darker sometimes punkish sound that goes beyond the band’s pop origins. But it’s an organic growth that befits the band and make them one that is a pleasure to follow.
Listen to single Rockets and Jets embedded below.
Hospitality – Trouble comes out 1/28 via Merge (order here)